Good Magic Has High White Blood Cell Count, To Rest At Stonestreet

Good Magic will be sent to Stonestreet Stable for some rest and relaxation in the days following the end of the Saratoga meet, trainer Chad Brown said Thursdaymorning. The 3-year-old Curlin colt ran ninth in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Runhappy Travers and has been under the weather since his disappointing effort, according to the meet’s current leading trainer.

“He’s still here, he came out of the race actually sick,” Brown said. “He had a high white [blood cell] count, so we’ve been treating with antibiotics and the horse actually looks better today, but I’m not comfortable shipping the horse until early next week.

“He’s going to get a checkup at Rood and Riddle first. I want to wait to see how he checks out first.”

The 2017 champion 2-year-old male broke awkwardly in the Travers – his first race since his three-length victory in the Grade 1 Haskell on July 29 at Monmouth Park – and remained three lengths off the lead before settling wide into the first turn. Good Magic, who usually stalks the pace in his races, remained towards the back of the back and came up empty turning for home, besting only filly Wonder Gadot to the wire. Browns said he couldn’t confirm the colt’s illness has anything to do with his sluggish performance in his sixth career Grade 1 start.

“I’m not sure, it could,” said Brown. “I don’t want to speculate much. I want to be thorough about getting him evaluated to see if there’s anything physically that’s bothering the horse as well. The first thing we noticed was that the horse was sick; he was not himself the next day. His bloodwork indicated that he was sick. He had an infection somewhere. His white-cell count was high, so we’ve been on top of that [and] treating it.”
Good Magic, owned by eFive Racing and Stonestreet Stables, began his year with a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth on March 3 at Gulfstream, then won the Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass by 1 1/2 lengths on April 7at Keeneland.

He then went on to a runner-up finish behind Justify in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs then returned two weeks later running fourth in the Preakness on May 19 at Pimlico.

Brown said he wants Good Magic to be well and have clean bill of health before he speculates on his campaign leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

Brown added that Grade 1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski is in good shape following his eighth-place finish in the Travers. He added that Gronkowski is still on target for the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 29 at Belmont.

“He didn’t handle the track,” Brown said. “He didn’t fire for whatever [reason], but he seems to come out of the race in good health. He’s already shipped to Belmont Park. The plan is to train to the Jockey Club Gold Cup.”

The Belmont was the first race in the U.S. for the son of Lonhro. The Kentucky-bred won four from six starts in Europe highlighted by his victory in the 32red Burradon Stakes on March 30 at Newcastle.

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